Friday, March 31

Polestar tests its first convertible with the conceptual O2 | Digital Trends Spanish

As a vehicle that “redefines sports roadsters for the electric age” Polestar described its O2 concept. Everything seems to indicate that the subsidiary of the Chinese giant Geely is preparing the landing of its first hardtop convertible.

“The Polestar O2 is the flagship model of our brand (…) It looks incredible, and being able to lower the roof and not hear the engine promises a superb feeling,” said the CEO of the Swedish manufacturer, Thomas Ingenlath.

The car was built on the aluminum platform developed by the former Volvo subsidiary’s research and development team in the UK for the Polestar 5, scheduled for launch in 2024.

The company admitted that the Polestar O2 is “clearly” related to the precept prototype, but it has its own character. For example, it exhibits a low and wide body, a compact design cabin with four seats, minimal overhangs and a long wheelbase. In short, it retains the classic proportions of sports cars, to which it adds the modern sensations of electromobility.

With understated design elements, such as ducts that improve airflow over the wheels and sides, its aerodynamics are focused on maximizing range. The same goes for the taillights, which work like blades to reduce turbulence in the rear area, the company added.

The interior of the Polestar O2 is dominated by a thermoplastic monomaterial, while recycled polyester was chosen for the soft components. The formula “simplifies recycling and is an important step towards greater circularity, while reducing weight and waste,” he said. The aluminum of its structure was also labeled to facilitate its reuse.

One of the main curiosities of the vehicle is that it incorporates a Hoco Flow drone (another Geely subsidiary). The idea is that the device is deployed while the car is in motion, to record and share the driving experience on social networks.

Polestar engineers created a zone behind the rear seats that allows you to take off and record up to speeds of 90 km/h. “After filming, the drone can come back autonomously. Clips can be edited and shared directly from the 15-inch center display,” Polestar explained.

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